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Illinois Man Facing Local Felony Child Enticement, Sexual Assault and Abuse Charges

Illinois Man Facing Local Felony Child Enticement, Sexual Assault and Abuse Charges
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A 30-year-old Illinois man is facing several felony charges for child sexual assault, enticement and abuse following an investigation this week by Gering Police.

Emanuel Lezine of North Chicago, Ill. made his initial appearance Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court on charges that include two counts of child enticement by electronic device, and one count each of attempted first degree sexual assault of a minor and 3rd degree sexual assault of a child.

In court documents, officers say the investigation that started Wednesday uncovered details of explicit pictures and messages allegedly sent by Lezine through Snapchat to a pair of young girls, with one of them saying she had been touch by him inappropriately several days prior.

During subsequent CAPStone forensic interviews, the girls detailed additional interactions with Lezine, with both of them saying they had been molested, and one of them telling investigators that it had happened  several times over the prior ten days. One of the victims told investigators Lezine sent her a pair of explicit videos, and both claimed the suspect gave them cash after the physical encounters.

A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Jan. 26, with bond set at $250,000 with a ten percent provision.

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